When you are back in your hospital room, you
will begin a gentle rehabilitation program to help strengthen the
muscles around your new hip and regain your range of motion. Getting
up and around soon is important. In fact, you'll probably be asked to
stand as quickly as 24 hours after surgery. If you had considerable
pain before surgery, you most likely cut back on your activities, so
your muscles may be weak. You'll need to build up enough strength to
control your new hip, and early activity encourages healing, too. Your
doctor and physical therapist will give you specific instructions on
wound care, pain control, diet, and exercise.
Your first meal after surgery will likely be ice chips and clear liquids and will progress to solid foods as tolerated. As soon as you can, you should begin eating well-balanced meals for healing purposes.